GOP Rep: Trump Shouldn’t Be Held Accountable for Campaign Promises (Video)

When people are forced to defend the indefensible that’s when things get interesting — and completely ridiculous.



And if there’s anyone who defines “indefensible,” it’s Donald J. Trump.

For example, recently when Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) argued that it’s acceptable for Trump to be incompetent when it comes to understanding the details of Trumpcare and how it would impact Americans, just as long as he understands the principle behind the bill.

Now another Republican congressman, Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), is essentially arguing that people shouldn’t hold Trump accountable for his campaign promises  his inability to have any actual plan to make Mexico pay for the border wall.

While appearing on CNN, host Victor Blackwell brought up the fact Trump has no way to make Mexico pay for the wall despite building a large part of his campaign around promising that our southern neighbor would do exactly that. He also brought up how, after Trump promised that it would be a “big, beautiful wall” some people within the GOP have said that parts of the wall may not be, in fact, an actual wall — as Trump clearly promised it would be.

“I don’t think anyone during the campaign seriously thought that Mexico was going to pay for that wall,” Rooney said. “We all believe that the wall is a metaphor for border security.”

Not buying that load of b.s., Blackwell then played clips of Trump specifically saying that Mexico was going to pay for the wall and that it would be an actual wall, not a “metaphor for border security”:

It’s going to be a real wall, it’s going to be a high wall, it’s going to be beautiful, it’s going to be be a wall that works.

It’s going to be made of hardened concrete and it’s going to be made out of rebar — and we’re going set them in nice heavy foundations.

Seems pretty clear cut to me. There’s not exactly a whole lot of wiggle room when then-candidate Trump went into elaborate details, including describing building materials and literally saying the words “it’s going to be a real wall.”

Perhaps Mr. Rooney needs to look up the definition of “metaphor,” because he doesn’t seem to understand what that word means.

Later, Rooney reiterated his belief that Mexico will not pay for the wall.

“I don’t think Mexico will pay for the wall,” Rooney stated. “I think he was maybe speaking in a campaign hyperbole or whatever, but I don’t think Mexico will pay for the wall.”

“It could be just campaign words, you know,” he added.

In other words, according to Rooney, Trump wasn’t lying when he said, repeatedly, that Mexico was going to pay for the wall — even getting his supporters to answer “Mexico!” whenever he’d ask them who was going to pay for it — he was simply using “campaign hyperbole or whatever.”



Using that logic, couldn’t any and all of Trump’s campaign promises that have ultimately turned out to be blatant lies then be dismissed as “campaign hyperbole or whatever”? In fact, couldn’t that be said about anything any political candidate says?

Basically what Rooney is arguing is that Trump shouldn’t be held accountable for anything he says.

So, much like his promise that Mexico would pay for the very “real border wall,” we should all just assume that anything he promised to do during his campaign was nothing more than a “metaphor” or “campaign hyperbole or whatever.”

That makes sense considering we’re only a few months into his “presidency” and it’s already been proven that he never had any plan to deliver on any of those bold campaign promises.

In the end, this is what the Republican Party has been reduced to. Since they decided to sell their souls by backing the most dishonest, corrupt, and incompetent candidate to ever run for office, they’re now having to dismiss campaign promises as “metaphors” and “hyperbole” in a desperate attempt to avoid admitting that he’s a liar who never had a plan to accomplish anything he said he would.

Watch his comments below via CNN:





Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Stella Thomas

    Ok, I need you to give me some hope for the future of the country now, please

  • Eg Kbbs

    I might can stretch a little and note that many campaign promises are empty babble.

    But in trump’s case, it is clear that those at his rallies took his words to be promises.

    Then add all the lies that trump has actively propogated even after the election. Even some very concrete, verifiable facts (economic indicies, what others have said to him – like President Nieto, etc.) His continual string of readily debunked lies tends to strike down any personal attempts to make excuses for trump’s lies.